The Ohio University Sport Management Series is a collaboration between the award-winning Sport Management Program at Ohio University and Ohio University Press.
Edited by Professor Norm O’Reilly, the Fox Professor of Business and a leading scholar in the business of sports, a series of publications is planned in the ever-growing and exciting industry of sports. Topics include professional, collegiate, Olympic and grassroots sport.
The books in the series cover a wide range of topics and provide up-to-date and accessibly written information and deep content about the business of sports, tactical preparation for career and leadership positions, and key insights into sports management.
Authors include leading academics and influential industry executives.
Aimed at professionals, athletes, coaches, industry stakeholders and anyone else interested in the value of sport and sport education, the Ohio University Sport Management Series aims to provide readers with knowledge on all aspects and many of the key issues in the field.
Alternative Models of Sports Development in America
Solutions to a Crisis in Education and Public Health
By B. David Ridpath
· Foreword by Tom Farrey
In the United States, the entanglement of sports and education has persisted for over a century. Multimillion-dollar high school football stadiums, college coaches whose salaries are many times those of their institutions’ presidents, psychological and educational tolls on student-athletes, and high-profile academic scandals are just symptoms of a system that has come under increasing fire.
The vast majority of student-athletes dreaming of athletic stardom won’t make it to the pros. Yet, the discipline and skills they’ve developed while balancing a sport and academics make them ideally suited for satisfying careers elsewhere.